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by Shayna Oliveira

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On the Espresso English podcast, you'll learn English grammar, vocabulary, phrases, idioms, and more. Espresso English lessons are clear and practical, making it easy to learn the language quickly and effectively. Visit http://www.espressoenglish.net to get English courses and e-books that will help you learn faster!


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129: Meet, meet with, or meet up with?


Wed, Apr 26, 2017


What's the difference between meet, meet with, and meet up with?

You'll learn (with examples) in today's podcast!

Lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/meet-meet-with-or-meet-up-with



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Free Sample - Business English Idioms


Wed, Apr 19, 2017


Today's episode is another free sample from the Business English Course.

You'll learn 12 common business idioms by figuring them out from the context.

One question you might be asking is, "Can we use idioms in business English?"

The answer is "sometimes."

In more official situations (such as writing a business report or formal letter), we avoid idioms. However, it is OK to use idioms in e-mails among co-workers as well as in conversations at work.

Take today's lesson to learn expressions such as:

  • in the loop
  • call the shots
  • way off the mark
  • bring someone up to speed
    ...and more!

Lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/business-english-idioms/



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Free Sample - Business English - Phrases for Meetings


Wed, Apr 12, 2017


Have you ever been shy about participating in a meeting in English?

It can be really hard to think of the right phrases in a professional situation, when everyone is watching you. Some English learners prefer to stay quiet.

But I want to help you speak up confidently - so in today's lesson, you'll learn 82 practical English phrases to use in meetings.

This is a free sample lesson from the Business English Course, which will teach you useful vocabulary and phrases for working in an English-speaking company.

I've just finished updating and expanding the course - I improved the audio quality and added 10 NEW lessons on management, sales, networking, work safety, and more! 

Lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/english-phrases-for-meetings/



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128 - When NOT to use the word "to"


Wed, Mar 29, 2017


It can be hard for English learners to know when to use the word “to.”

In today's lesson, you'll see 6 common mistakes with "to" - and learn the correct way to say these sentences.

Lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/common-english-mistakes-with-the-word-to



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127: Common English Pronunciation Mistakes


Wed, Mar 22, 2017


Sometimes students ask me about the "rules" of English pronunciation - but it's impossible to teach "rules," because there are so many exceptions. A lot of English words are pronounced differently from the way they appear to be written.

In today's lesson, you'll learn about common pronunciation mistakes - and the right way to pronounce these words.

I encourage you to LISTEN AND REPEAT, because the best way to remember the right pronunciation is to practice!

Watch the video: http://www.espressoenglish.net/common-english-pronunciation-mistakes



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126: 10 Common Mistakes with Prepositions


Wed, Mar 15, 2017


Prepositions can be very challenging, even for advanced English learners!

Today I’ll teach you 10 of the most common mistakes students make with prepositions.

Lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-common-english-mistakes-with-prepositions



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125: Common English Mistakes with Direct and Indirect Objects


Wed, Mar 08, 2017


Can you find the mistakes in these sentences? They are all incorrect. They don’t sound natural.

  • “I bought yesterday a new t-shirt.”
  • “Please finish quickly the report.”
  • “I’ll put on the table the dishes.”

What’s wrong with these sentences? Listen to today's lesson to find out!

Lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/common-english-mistakes-with-direct-and-indirect-objects/



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124: 20 Powerful Adjectives in English


Wed, Feb 01, 2017


If you're tired of using the same basic and boring English words all the time, today's lesson will teach you some new vocabulary.

You'll learn 20 very powerful adjectives, such as excruciating, destitute, miraculous, absurd, and jittery.

You can practice your pronunciation by repeating these words after me, and study the example sentences to see how they are used.



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123: Learn 10 Useful Phrasal Verbs With "With"


Wed, Jan 25, 2017


Do you know the difference between get away with and get along with ?

Do you know what sleep with really means?

Can you use deal with, stick with, and mess with in a sentence?

Today's lesson will teach you 10 useful phrasal verbs with "with"!



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122 - Ten "right" and "wrong" expressions in English


Wed, Jan 11, 2017


You probably already know that “right” and “wrong” are the same as “correct” and “incorrect” respectively. These words are also used in a lot of informal expressions and idioms in English. Today I’ll teach you ten of them!

  • on the right track
  • if you play your cards right
  • it serves you right
  • his/her heart is in the right place
  • right on!
  • wrong number
  • get off on the wrong foot
  • wake up on the wrong side of the bed
  • don't get me wrong
  • rub someone the wrong way

Lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-right-and-wrong-expressions-in-english



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121 - Best Espresso English moments in 2016


Wed, Dec 28, 2016


In December, I like to reflect on all the wonderful things we did during the year. How about you? How has your English improved this year? Here are some of the highlights for Espresso English in 2016. Lesson text: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=280ab49b7536a997b0d741c18&id=569a581180



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120 - New Free E-Book: 50 Illustrated English Expressions


Wed, Dec 21, 2016


I have a very special holiday gift for you: A FREE little e-book with 50 expressions... illustrated with short comics! You can download it, learn from it, and share it with your friends who are also learning English :-) Visit http://www.espressoenglish.net/gift to get the e-book



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119 - Ten English expressions with GIVE


Wed, Dec 14, 2016


""Give"" is a common English verb - and we use it in a lot of expressions. You can give advice, give someone a hug, give priority to a project, etc. In today's lesson, I'll teach you 10 ""give"" expressions you might not know: - give way - give credence - give (someone) grief - ...and more Lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-english-expressions-with-give



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118 - Learn 12 English slang words for talking about people


Wed, Dec 07, 2016


BE CAREFUL! Most of these words are not very complimentary. A lot of them have negative connotations, so it’s not a good idea to call a person these names. But you might hear them in movies or in casual conversations between native English speakers. Lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/12-slang-words-about-people/



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117 - 7 courses from 7 teachers with an 80% discount - All about the English Power Pack


Thu, Dec 01, 2016


NEW English Power Pack is now available!

What's the English Power Pack?

It's SEVEN courses from seven different English teachers... with a huge discount. The special price is only available for one week - so don't delay!

These are the courses included in this year's Power Pack:

  • 75 Confusing English Words by Michael
  • Travel English Expert by Gabby 
  • Advanced English Grammar Course by Shayna (me!)
  • Feel Good English Super Pack by Kevin
  • The Weekly English Workout by Jason - Fluency MC
  • 180 ELLLO Listening + Vocabulary Lessons by Todd
  • Mastering English Phrasal Verbs through Story by Lindsay


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116 - Vocabulary for unwanted gifts


Wed, Nov 23, 2016


English vocabulary in this lesson:

  • retire
  • downsize
  • get rid of clutter
  • antique
  • heirloom
  • knick-knack
  • take a pass
  • outdated
  • junk

Watch the video: https://www.espressoenglish.net/learn-english-from-the-news-unwanted-gifts/



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115 - Words and phrases from the U.S. election results


Wed, Nov 16, 2016


Vocabulary in this lesson:

  • stunned
  • polls
  • cherish
  • setback
  • shatter the glass ceiling
  • reaching out
  • second to none
  • seek common ground

Watch the video: https://www.espressoenglish.net/learn-english-vocabulary-from-the-u-s-election-results/



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114 - Learn English from the News: Vocabulary about Immigration


Wed, Nov 09, 2016


VOCABULARY IN THIS LESSON:

  • a divisive issue
  • burst / surge / influx
  • a tight presidential race
  • struck a chord with voters
  • uneasy about the changes
  • sizeable counties
  • struggling in school
  • embraced the newcomers
  • dismissed out of hand
  • goes by the wayside

Watch the video: https://www.espressoenglish.net/learn-english-from-the-news-immigration/



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113 - English learning tips from Olly at "I Will Teach You a Language"


Wed, Nov 02, 2016


I have a special treat for you today!

This is an interview with Olly from iwillteachyoualanguage.com - he has learned many languages, and he has some great advice on how to learn English, how to speak English confidently when you might be afraid to talk to a native speaker, and more.

Make sure to check out Olly's website and podcast at www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com



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112 - Learn English slang for talking about money


Wed, Oct 26, 2016


Native English speakers use a lot of slang words in casual conversations! Today you'll learn some English slang words related to the topic of money. Click here for the lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/slang-words-about-money/



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111 - Free sample from Everyday English Speaking Level 2


Wed, Oct 19, 2016


Do you want to understand conversations better, learn the expressions native English speakers use, and speak more fluently? This course has more advanced conversations that are full of common informal expressions used by native English speakers. It teaches you the phrases in context so that you’ll be able to remember and use them – and become more fluent as a result. Today's lesson is a free sample from the course. Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/free-sample-lesson-from-level-2-of-everyday-english-speaking/



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110 - 10 practical ways to motivate yourself in learning English


Wed, Oct 12, 2016


Do you ever feel sad and discouraged about your English-learning progress? Do you sometimes find it hard to stay motivated, because learning English takes such a long time? Are there days when you just don't feel like studying? If you've ever experienced these emotions, today's lesson is for you. Today I'm teaching you 10 practical ways to stay motivated in your English learning. Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-practical-ways-to-motivate-yourself-to-study-english Sometimes you can also lose your motivation because you don’t know what to study, where to start, what to learn next, etc. My courses and e-books can help you with that. They have structured lessons, so it's easy for you to make progress. If you're not sure which one to buy, get the complete program and get a 35% discount: http://www.espressoenglish.net/get-a-35-discount-when-you-buy-the-complete-espresso-english-program/



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109 - Start using these 10 English expressions today!


Wed, Oct 05, 2016


In today's lesson, you'll learn 10 English phrases with the word ""start"". Click here for the lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/10-fresh-phrases-with-the-english-word-start/ Sometimes the hardest thing about studying English is just sitting down and starting, right? You have to make time to do it... and then you have to search the whole internet to find something interesting to study. It's hard to start! My courses are designed to make it easy for you to start studying every day. The lessons are arranged in a logical sequence - so all you need to do is log in and begin :-) Also, each lesson is short, so it won't take up too much of your time. I focus on teaching you the most useful English words and phrases, not a bunch of stuff you don't need. If you've never taken an Espresso English course before, you might be wondering, ""Which course should I start with?"" Although there's no ""official order,"" my suggestion is to start with Everyday English Speaking. It's my most popular, practical course, focusing on the phrases and expressions that native speakers use. https://www.espressoenglish.net/everyday-english-speaking-course/



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108 - How to Continue a Conversation in English


Wed, Sep 28, 2016


In this lesson, you will learn how to keep a conversation going, without running out of things to say! Here’s an example of how NOT to have an English conversation: “Did you have a good weekend?” “Yes, I did. And you?” “Yeah.” Unfortunately, the conversation stops here because there’s no natural way to continue it. This is OK if you only want to have a quick conversation (for example, if you are quickly passing a co-worker in the hallway). But how can you have a longer conversation in English? Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/how-to-continue-a-conversation-in-english/



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107 - 30+ English Slang Words for Appearance and Age


Wed, Sep 21, 2016


When you watch a TV show or movie in English, have you ever heard someone described as foxy, ripped, a brat, a munchkin, or an old fart? These are all slang words for types of people. In today's lesson, you'll learn what they all mean - as well as whether each one is offensive or OK. Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/english-slang-words-for-appearance-age



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106 - 9 Collocations, 8 Phrasal Verbs, and 7 Idioms with the word SET


Wed, Sep 14, 2016


Sometimes people ask me to explain in detail the difference between a collocation, a phrasal verb, an idiom, a slang word, a proverb, etc. To be honest, that's the wrong question. All of these types of expressions are part of the English language, but most native English speakers could NOT tell you the technical differences between them. The most important thing for an English learner is to know what they mean and how to use them. So today's lesson is a mix of idioms, phrasal verbs, and collocations with the word ""set"" - all with examples so you can see them in use! Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/collocations-idioms-and-phrasal-verbs-with-set



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105 - 15 Conversational English Expressions with IN and ON


Wed, Sep 07, 2016


Here's a fun way to study prepositions - let's learn some casual conversational expressions using IN and ON. You might hear a native speaker say things like, - ""I'm in the same boat."" - ""You're on a roll!"" - ""Do you ever feel like you're in a rut?"" - ""That car looks like it's on its last legs."" Today you'll learn what all these expressions mean... so that you won't be confused when you hear them in conversation! Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/15-conversational-english-phrases-with-in-and-on/



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EE104 - Learn how to talk more like a native English speaker


Wed, Aug 31, 2016


Do you want to understand English conversations better, learn the expressions that native speakers use, and speak English more fluently?

The Everyday English Speaking Course – Level 2 will help you! This course has more advanced conversations that are full of common informal expressions used by native English speakers. It teaches you the phrases in context so that you’ll be able to remember and use them – and become more fluent in English as a result.

Click here to learn more and sign up: http://www.espressoenglish.net/learn-to-talk-more-like-a-native-english-speaker



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103 - Learn 20 great phrasal verbs for communication


Wed, Aug 24, 2016


Do you know what the phrasal verbs harp on, rattle off, and butt out mean? If not, you'll learn all of these and more in today's lesson. This is actually a free sample from the Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course - if you haven't taken this course yet, I think you'll really enjoy it. According to one student, ""I definitely lost my fear of making mistakes with phrasal verbs, because the dialogues of every lesson are incredibly interesting and clear. I highly recommend this course to all students – especially to those who feel scared to death of phrasal verbs and want to become friends forever with phrasal verbs."" Click here for lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/20-english-phrasal-verbs-for-communication/



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102 - Spoken English phrases for bad travel experiences


Wed, Aug 17, 2016


Learn English phrases for talking about travel nightmares. For example, “My Flight Was Overbooked, And I Got Bumped To A Later One.” A “flight” is a trip by airplane. If the flight is “overbooked,” it means that the airline sold too many tickets, and there is not enough space on the plane for all the people who have purchased tickets. This means that some people will get “bumped” to a later flight – they can’t go on the flight at the original time, and have to wait for a different flight later. Click here for the lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/english-phrases-for-bad-travel-experiences/



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101 - How to use the English verb "ask" correctly


Wed, Aug 10, 2016


“Ask” is one of the most common verbs in English, but there are a number of details to remember when you use it in a sentence. Here are 4 ways to use the English verb “ask” correctly - and one very common error to avoid. Click here for the lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/how-to-use-the-english-verb-ask-correctly/



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100 - Learn 15 English idioms with the word MAKE


Wed, Aug 03, 2016


You probably already know some basic English expressions with the verb “make,” such as “make breakfast,” “make money,” and “make a promise” – but here are 15 idiomatic expressions in English that might be new for you. Click here for the lesson text: https://www.espressoenglish.net/15-idiomatic-expressions-with-the-verb-make/



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099 - Learn 20 English adverbs to make your sentences more interesting


Wed, Jul 27, 2016


You want to express yourself better in English, right? Well, you can add more ""color"" and detail to your sentences by learning to use these 20 interesting adverbs of manner. Adverbs of manner tell us how or in what way an action was done. Here's where to use them: 1. Immediately before the main verb He quickly drank the water. 2. Immediately after the main verb I laughed nervously. 3. If the main verb has an object, then put the adverb of manner either after the object or before the main verb She read the letter carefully. - CORRECT She carefully read the letter. - CORRECT She read carefully the letter. - INCORRECT In today's lesson, you'll learn 20 adverbs of manner such as eagerly, promptly, recklessly, smoothly, and wildly - with example sentences. Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/20-english-adverbs-of-manner-to-make-your-sentences-more-interesting/



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098 - Learn 10 Informal English phrases I've used recently


Wed, Jul 20, 2016


Native English speakers use a LOT of informal expressions in day-to-day life! Lately, I've been paying attention to my own conversations - and today I'll teach you 10 informal English expressions I've used recently. You'll learn phrases like: ""Can we just drop it?"" ""That's not for the faint of heart."" ""You're in for a treat!"" What do these mean? Take the lesson to find out! Click here to read the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-informal-english-expressions-ive-used-recently/



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097 - Five types of verb-verb combinations in English


Wed, Jul 13, 2016


Many students get confused when there are two consecutive verbs in a sentence – what form does the second verb take? This lesson will show you five types of verb + verb combinations with example sentences. If you want to practice more, try creating your own example sentence for each verb in the tables! Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/5-types-of-english-verb-verb-combinations/



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096 - Learn 10 English phrasal verbs with the word PLAY


Wed, Jul 06, 2016


One verb in English can be followed by various prepositions to make many different phrasal verbs. So you might know the basic meaning of the verb play (play sports, play the piano, etc.) - but do you know what it means to play at something or play along with something? Today you'll learn 10 different phrasal verbs with the word ""play."" There are also questions to help you form your own sentences and put the phrasal verbs into practice. Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-english-phrasal-verbs-with-play/



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095 - How does it feel to be fluent in English?


Wed, Jun 29, 2016


When you're learning a language, it's common to feel sad about your progress.

You want to become fluent... but it seems like that goal is so far away!

If you hear an expression that you don't know, or have difficulty understanding a fast conversation, it's easy to lose confidence in your abilities.

You might think negative thoughts like "My English is so bad."

You might wonder, "Will I ever become fluent in English, or is it impossible for me?"

Let me tell you about my language-learning experience...

Click here for the lesson text: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=280ab49b7536a997b0d741c18&id=7dc976843f



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094 - English phrasal verbs for sports and health


Wed, Jun 22, 2016


One of the best ways to learn English phrasal verbs is to see them in context. This lesson will teach you 15 common English phrasal verbs related to sports and health by showing each one in use in an example sentence.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/15-english-phrasal-verbs-in-use-sports-health/



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093 - 12 Everyday English phrases for driving


Wed, Jun 15, 2016


In today's episode, you'll learn expressions like buckle up, give you a ride, pull over, pit stop, and slam on the brakes.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/12-everyday-english-phrases-driving/



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092 - Can you find the English grammar mistakes in these sentences?


Wed, Jun 08, 2016


Today's lesson is a challenge - I'm going to show you 10 sentences, and you have to find the grammar mistake in each one.

After you've done your best to identify each error, I'll give you the correct answers and explanations.

Click here for lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/can-you-find-the-english-grammar-mistakes-in-these-sentences/



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091 - 10 English expressions I found in the news recently


Wed, Jun 01, 2016


Reading the news in English is a great way to learn new words and phrases, especially for talking about current events.

I was reading the newspaper recently, and found these 10 English expressions I'd like to teach you today.

Click here for lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-english-expressions-i-found-in-the-news-recently/



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090 - Learn English phrases with the word LIFE


Wed, May 25, 2016


Hello students! How's life?

We sometimes use the question "How's life?" as a casual way to ask how the person is feeling and what they have been doing recently.

In today's lesson, you'll learn 10 phrases and expressions with the word "life," such as:

- "Get a life!"

- "He leads a charmed life."

- "They put their lives on the line."

- "I feel like I have a new lease on life."

- ...and more!

Lesson text:

http://www.espressoenglish.net/english-phrases-and-idioms-with-life/

 



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089 - How to improve English listening


Wed, May 18, 2016


Do you have difficulty listening to and understanding native English speakers?

How to improve your English listening Listening is one of the BIGGEST problems for English learners.

It’s possible for you to:

read well

have good grammar & vocabulary skills

be able to speak and write

…but when you listen to spoken English, you don’t understand everything.

So why is listening so difficult?

There are three main reasons.

Lesson text:

http://www.espressoenglish.net/do-you-want-to-improve-your-english-listening/

 



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088 - 36 English collocations with HOUSE and HOME


Wed, May 11, 2016


A lot of students ask me about the difference between house and home. The word home refers to the place where you live and feel an emotional connection, and the word house refers to a specific type of building. We also use some different collocations with house and home! Today you'll learn 36 adjectives, verbs, and nouns that are frequently used together with these words.

Lesson text:

http://www.espressoenglish.net/english-collocations-with-house-and-home/

 



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087 - Learn the difference between these confusing English words


Wed, May 04, 2016


Today I'm going to teach you English words that many learners confuse:

- beside and besides

- than and then

- wander and wonder

By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to use these English words correctly and confidently!

Lesson text:

https://www.espressoenglish.net/beside-or-besides/

http://www.espressoenglish.net/then-or-than/

https://www.espressoenglish.net/wander-or-wonder/

 



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086 - 10 English Phrases with "What"


Wed, Apr 27, 2016




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085 - Top English Pronunciation Problems


Wed, Apr 20, 2016


In this lesson, you’re going to practice English words with very similar sounds. Many English learners have problems pronouncing these words correctly. If you can master the differences in pronunciation between these words, you’ll improve your pronunciation and be able to talk more like a native English speaker.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/top-10-english-pronunciation-problems/



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084 - Difference between Lay and Lie


Wed, Apr 13, 2016


Both of these words refer to the action of putting something down on a surface, or an object/person/animal resting on a surface. However, lay has a direct object and lie does not. In today's episode, you'll learn how to use the English words LAY and LIE with examples.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/lay-or-lie/



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083 - Negative Adjectives in English


Wed, Apr 06, 2016


Do you want to expand your English vocabulary?

Here are 10 negative adjectives for describing undesirable traits in people, things, or situations. You'll learn how to use words like hideous, petty, repulsive, obnoxious, dreary, and more.

Read the definitions, learn from the examples, and try to create your own sentences, too! When you improve your vocabulary, it's much easier to express your ideas in English.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-negative-adjectives-in-english/



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083 - Difference between WHO and WHOM


Wed, Mar 30, 2016


A lot of students ask me about when to use WHO and when to use WHOM. This is an aspect of English grammar that even native English speakers confuse! Today I'll explain it to you clearly with example sentences.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/who-or-whom/



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082 - Regular English Words with Slang Meanings


Wed, Mar 23, 2016


In your native language, are there "regular words" that also have a slang meaning?

In today's lesson, you're going to learn the alternative slang meanings of English words like hot, high, dump, dig, grand, beat, and more!

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-common-english-words-with-slang-meanings/



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081 - 15 Phrases for Speaking Polite English


Wed, Mar 16, 2016


When learning another language, it's easy to make the mistake of being a little bit rude, since you might not be aware of the phrases which sound "polite" and "impolite" to native speakers.

Yes, you already know to say “Please”, “Thank you,” and “Excuse me” – but here are 15 more ways to make your English sound more polite!

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/15-phrases-for-speaking-polite-english/



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080 - English Grammar: When to use HAVE, HAVING, and HAVE GOT


Wed, Mar 09, 2016


Sometimes the verb "have" can be used in the present continuous (having) and sometimes it can be replaced by "have got"... but not always. In today's podcast, I'll teach you 15 expressions with the verb "have" and tell you whether you can use "having" and "have got" in these phrases.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/15-english-expressions-with-have/



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079 - Learn English Conversation: Hotel Recommendations


Wed, Mar 02, 2016


Amanda is looking for a place to stay on her vacation, and she asks Joe his opinion of a hotel she's considering. Joe gives her some advice. Listen to the dialogue to learn phrases and vocabulary for talking about hotels.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/english-conversation-hotel-recommendations/



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078 - 5 English Phrases & 10 English Idioms for Complaining about your Job


Wed, Feb 24, 2016


Listen to these five English sentences to learn some idiomatic expressions for talking about negative points at work.

#1 – "My co-workers don’t pull their weight, and I’m always picking up the slack."
#2 – "I can’t stand the office politics. It seems like kissing up to the people who call the shots is the only way to move up the ranks."
#3 – "My boss loves to micromanage and I can’t do my best work when she’s constantly breathing down my neck."
#4 – "The job itself is rewarding, but the salary and benefits leave a lot to be desired."
#5 – "I feel like I’m spread too thin, but every time I wrap up one project, I’m given two more – which, of course, need to be done yesterday."

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/5-english-phrases-and-10-idioms-for-complaining-about-your-job/



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077 - 20 English expressions with the word MIND


Wed, Feb 17, 2016


The English word “mind” refers to the center of your thoughts, memory, and imagination. In this lesson, you’ll learn 20 common English phrases using the word “mind.”

To talk about making a decision, you can use the phrase “make up my mind” – for example, “I can’t make up my mind about which movie to see tonight.” A variation on this phrase is “my mind is made up” – this means you have already made your choice and implies that you are not open to changing your decision.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/20-different-ways-to-use-the-english-word-mind/



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076 - Is there any difference between these VERY similar English words?


Wed, Feb 10, 2016


Today's lesson comes from a really good student question: What's the difference between...
- effective and efficient?
- suitable and appropriate?
- benefit and advantage?
- distinguish and differentiate?

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/very-similar-english-words-whats-the-difference



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075 - Learn English Phrases for Talking about Plans and Goals


Wed, Feb 03, 2016


Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Here are the top 5 goals people tend to have for the New Year, along with some other ways to express related goals. You'll learn what phrases to use for talking about your future intentions.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/english-phrases-for-talking-about-plans-and-goals/



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074 - Learn Collocations: Metaphors in English


Wed, Jan 27, 2016


A number of words in English are used metaphorically – with a meaning that is not exactly the same as their literal meaning. Usually they apply a quality of one word to another word.

For example, when we say that something is lightning fast, we are using the quality of lightning (which is almost instantaneous) to describe something that is extremely fast.

Another example is the root of the problem – the literal meaning of the word “root” is the part of a plant or tree that is under the soil. The roots are what support and sustain the entire tree. Therefore, “the root of the problem” is the deepest, most basic or fundamental reason for the problem.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/english-collocations-metaphors/



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073 - Talk to or Talk with?


Wed, Jan 20, 2016


Today's lesson will teach you the difference between:
talk to
talk with
talk about
talk over
talk through
talk into
talk out of
There are plenty of example sentences to make everything clear... so you'll never have this doubt again :-)

Click here for the lesson text - http://www.espressoenglish.net/talk-to-or-talk-with/



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072 - Three VERY common mistakes with "it"


Wed, Jan 13, 2016


#1 – Forgetting to use “it” when the sentence needs a subject

“I just bought a new computer. Was on sale.”

Every sentence in English needs a subject. In the second sentence, we need to say “It was on sale” – the word “it” functions as the subject, referring to the new computer.

Learn the other mistakes here: http://www.espressoenglish.net/3-very-common-mistakes-with-the-english-word-it/



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071 - Quick answers to your questions about idioms


Wed, Jan 06, 2016


A lot of students ask me about phrases and idioms they've heard in conversations and TV shows.

In today's lesson, I'm going to share the answers with you, explaining each expression with a few examples.

Click here for the lesson text - http://www.espressoenglish.net/learn-english-idioms-answers-to-your-questions-about-idiomatic-expressions



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070 - Learn English Grammar: Be, Being, or Been?


Wed, Dec 23, 2015


Hello!

How have you been?

Today's lesson will be the answer to one question I'm constantly being asked...

When exactly can you use be, being, and been?

If you've ever had doubts about these verbs, listen to today's lesson and it'll all become clear :-)

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/confusing-words-be-being-or-been



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069 - 10 Informal English Phrases in Conversation


Wed, Dec 16, 2015


For this lesson, I decided to do something a bit different.

I took some snippets (small pieces) of conversations that I've heard in the past week, which have interesting informal expressions - and I'll be using them to teach you today.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-informal-english-expressions-in-conversation



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068 - 16 English Idioms with STAND & SIT


Wed, Dec 09, 2015


You already know what the words "stand" and "sit" mean... but do you know these expressions?

- won't stand for something
- standoffish
- not sit well with someone
- sit idly by

In today's lesson, I'll teach you all these idioms and more. Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/16-english-expressions-with-the-words-stand-and-sit



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067 - How to use Either and Neither in English


Wed, Dec 02, 2015


Do you ever get mixed up when trying to use the words either and neither?

Today I'm going to teach you exactly how to use these words in English, with lots of examples!

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/difference-between-either-and-neither-in-english



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066 - How to Pronounce -ED in English Verbs


Wed, Nov 25, 2015


There are 3 different ways to pronounce the -ED ending in English:

1) -ED is pronounced like ED (with an extra syllable)
2) -ED is pronounced like T (NO extra syllable)
3) -ED is pronounced like D (NO extra syllable)

You'll learn and practice them in today's lesson!

Click here for the lesson text - http://www.espressoenglish.net/how-to-pronounce-ed-in-english-verbs/



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065 - 32 English Collocations for Talking About Your Family


Wed, Nov 18, 2015


Let’s begin our study of collocations by learning some common expressions about the family. Your parents and siblings (brothers and sisters) are your immediate family – and your extended family includes all your relatives – uncles, cousins, great-aunts, etc.

You can use a family tree to diagram the relationships among your family members. A person who is related to you by a long series of connections can be called a distant relative.

Click here for the lesson text - http://www.espressoenglish.net/32-english-collocations-for-talking-about-your-family/



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064 - English Slang Expressions that Your Textbook Won't Teach You


Wed, Nov 11, 2015


These slang words are common in spoken American English, but you probably won’t find them in English textbooks.

Why not? Well, some of them are slightly offensive and others are just extremely informal. But they are part of the English language, so here are examples and definitions to help you understand!

Click here for the lesson text - http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-slang-expressions-your-english-textbook-wont-teach-you/



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063 - 18 Handy Idioms With the Word HAND


Wed, Nov 04, 2015


#1 - get out of hand (v.) = To get out of control.

My uncle’s drinking problem got out of hand, and eventually he became an alcoholic.

#2 - experience something first-hand (v.) = To experience something yourself.

I didn’t realize how hard it was to be a parent until I experienced it first-hand.

Click here to learn 16 more expressions! http://www.espressoenglish.net/18-idiomatic-expressions-with-hand/



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062 - Sentence Starters for Everyday English Speaking


Wed, Oct 28, 2015


One of the biggest challenges when learning to speak English is simply knowing how to start your sentences.

And if you think too much about it, there will be awkward pauses... or the conversation will just move on without you!

That's why it's good to learn "sentence starters" - easy phrases that native speakers use frequently.

In today's lesson, you'll learn 36 sentence starters that you can use in everyday spoken English.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/english-sentence-starters-for-everyday-speaking/



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061 - So, Neither, Too: How to Agree in English


Wed, Oct 21, 2015


A lot of students get mixed up when it comes to using short answers of agreement, like "So do I" and "Neither do I." In today's lesson, I'll teach you exactly how to use these phrases - both the simple way, and the more complex way in all the verb tenses.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/so-neither-too-how-to-agree-in-english/



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060 - Ten Idioms With the Word SHOW


Wed, Oct 14, 2015


Do you know what it means to steal the show or ask for a show of hands?

What's the difference between the expressions show someone the door and show someone TO the door?

You'll learn all these idioms and more in today's lesson about 10 English idioms with the word SHOW!

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-english-idioms-with-the-word-show/



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059 - Take Over or Overtake?


Wed, Oct 07, 2015


Learn the differences between...
- take over / overtake
- come over / overcome
- look over / overlook
- think over / overthink
- do over / overdo

Click here for the episode text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/10-confusing-english-words-with-over/



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058 - Business English Phrasal Verbs


Wed, Sep 30, 2015


If you work in an English-speaking environment, you might hear these common phrasal verbs used in business situations!

  • draw up
  • get ahead
  • burn out
  • not measure up
  • zero in on
  • lay off
  • pencil in
  • close down
  • run by/past
  • sign off on

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057 - 20 English Phrases with TIME


Wed, Sep 23, 2015


ahead of one’s time = having ideas or attitudes that are too advanced for the culture/society at the moment

My grandmother was ahead of her time – she opened her own company in an era when there were few women in the business world.

Learn 19 more phrases in today's lesson!

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056 - Do you know these interesting English heteronyms?


Wed, Sep 16, 2015


Heteronyms in English are two words with the same spelling, but different pronunciations and different meanings.

Two common examples are the words CLOSE and LIVE.

close (adj.) with an “s” sound = near, not far
My house is close to the bus station.

close (v.) with a “z” sound = shut, opposite of open
Please close the door when you leave.

live (v.) with the same “i” as in “sit” = reside
I live in an apartment in the city center.

live (adj.) with the same “i” as in “I” (me) = happening at that moment, in that place
I was interviewed on live TV.
There’s live music at the restaurant

Today you'll learn some interesting heteronyms in the English language.

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055 - 20 English Collocations With the Word GOAL


Wed, Sep 09, 2015


The English word "goal" has a meaning both within and outside sports. In today's lesson, you'll learn 20 common English collocations (combinations of words) with the word GOAL.

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054 - 10 English Expressions with GO


Wed, Sep 02, 2015


"Go" is one of the most common verbs in the English language, and it is also used in plenty of idiomatic expressions in English. You'll learn 10 of them in today's lesson.

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053 - 20 Collocations with BREAK


Wed, Aug 26, 2015


You can break a habit, break a promise, or break someone's heart... and how is it possible that "break a leg" is a good thing to say to somebody? Find out in today's episode, where I'll teach you 20 English collocations and expressions with the word BREAK.

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052 - Learn 12 Phrasal Verbs with the Word RUN


Wed, Aug 19, 2015


The same verb can be used with various prepositions to create phrasal verbs with different meanings... and some phrasal verbs have more than one meaning, too. Today you'll learn 12 phrasal verbs that all use the word "run."

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051 - How to Talk About Movies in English


Wed, Aug 12, 2015


In today's lesson, you'll learn 12 phrases that can be used to talk about movies. I'll explain all the vocabulary along the way!

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050 - I, Me, My, Mine, and Myself


Wed, Aug 05, 2015


Do you have some doubts about when exactly to use the words I, me, my, mine, and myself? Don't worry, I'll help you understand them perfectly in today's lesson!

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049 - Practical Phrases for the Doctor's Office


Wed, Jul 29, 2015


In today's lesson, you're going to learn 15 useful English phrases for the doctor's office.

There are 7 phrases a doctor might say, and 8 phrases a patient might say. Make sure to read the phrase descriptions for explanations of the vocabulary!

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048 - 15 "Hot" English Words & Phrases


Wed, Jul 22, 2015


In the northern hemisphere, summer is starting - and the weather will be hot. It has inspired me to teach you 15 English words and expressions with "hot."

- hotbed, hotshot, and hot spot
- full of hot air
- a hot-button issue
- have the hots for someone
...and more!

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047 - How to Make English Part of Your Life


Wed, Jul 15, 2015


If you don’t live in an English-speaking country, it can be hard to make progress because you don’t have many opportunities to use English in your regular daily life.

What can you do if you’re not surrounded by English?

I have some good news:

There ARE ways you can make English a regular part of your life, even if you don’t live in an English-speaking country!

Here are my top 6 ways to make English part of your everyday life.

They don’t require a lot of time, just a few simple changes.

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046 - Ten Informal Phrases Native Speakers Use


Wed, Jul 08, 2015


If you've spoken with native English speakers, you know that we use a lot of informal phrases.

For example, we might say...

- "What's up?" instead of "Hello."
- "I'll get in touch" instead of "I'll contact you."
- "Gotta run!" instead of "I need to leave."

Today I'll teach you 10 common informal expressions that you might not be familiar with. See if you can guess what each phrase means before reading the definition!

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045 - Are you making these pronunciation mistakes?


Wed, Jul 01, 2015


As you know, English words are pronounced differently from the way they are written. This can lead to pronunciation mistakes. Here are some of the most commonly mispronounced words in English, and how to say them correctly.

Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/commonly-mispronounced-words-in-english/



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044 - 10 Phrasal Verbs about Socializing


Wed, Jun 24, 2015


Phrasal verbs are so common in the English language. Here are 10 phrasal verbs you can use for talking about social interaction.

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043 - Linking Words: Reasons and Results


Wed, Jun 17, 2015


Linking words help you connect the ideas in a sentence. In this lesson, you’ll learn some common linking words to express reasons and results:
- Because / Because of
- Due to / Owing to
- Due/Owing to the fact that
- Since
- As
- Therefore
- Consequently
- As a result
- So

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042 - Advanced Vocabulary: 16 Different Words for Speaking


Wed, Jun 10, 2015


The English language has a very rich vocabulary, and learning alternative words can give more complexity and meaning to your sentences. Here are 16 different words for speaking or vocalizing.

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041 - Slang Words for Food and Drink


Wed, Jun 03, 2015


Do you have a sweet tooth?

Have you ever pigged out?

Do you wanna get some grub... or booze?

In today's episode, you'll learn some common slang words and informal expressions related to eating and drinking!

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040 - "My English is terrible"


Wed, May 27, 2015


There are two phrases I hear many students say:

“My English is terrible.”

“Sorry for my bad English.”

Be careful, because these two phrases are dangerous to your English learning! I'll explain why in today's lesson.

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039 - First Conditional


Wed, May 20, 2015


Use the First Conditional to talk about future possibilities:

If it’s sunny tomorrow, I’ll go to the beach.
If it rains tomorrow, I’ll stay home.

There are two parts to a first conditional sentence: the condition and the result.

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038 - Common Collocations with Big, Great, Strong, Large, Deep, and Heavy


Wed, May 13, 2015


In English, a collocation is two or more words that go together naturally. Learning collocations is essential for making your English sound fluent and natural!

Here are 50 common English collocations with the words big, great, large, deep, strong, and heavy.

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037 - Confusing Prepositions: IN and ON


Wed, May 06, 2015


Learn how to use IN and ON with place, time, and in other expressions in English.

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036 - 100 Answers to Common English Questions


Wed, Apr 29, 2015


Sometimes, even when you know a lot of English, you can have difficulty finding the right words or phrases to answer simple questions. Here are 20 of the most common questions in English – each one with five sample responses.

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035 - Learn 10 Phrasal Verbs with Emotions


Wed, Apr 22, 2015


Here are 10 common phrasal verbs related to emotions and attitudes, with definitions and example sentences.

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034 - Everyday English Phrases & Expressions (Part 2)


Wed, Apr 15, 2015


Here are seven more English phrases used in everyday situations.

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033 - Everyday English Phrases & Expressions (Part 1)


Wed, Apr 08, 2015


Here are some English phrases used in everyday situations. They’re very common, but they’re rather colloquial, so you often won’t find them in an English textbook! Learn these phrases and expressions as well as the situations in which you can use each one.


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